Recommendations for Writing and Reviewing Papers
In my years of experience editing papers I have seen very many mistakes … despite guidelines that give students ground. The main difficulty is in the writing, especially in fragments written by the students themselves. In addition, there are those who do not know the rules for citing literature some simply copied and pasted, others not take advantage of the resources of the processors, and there are those who do not know how to design the site.
By statistically verifiable rule editor having problems prolixity, syntax, spelling, also in the level of reasoning, the logical structure of his ideas, because all those problems have similar origins: inadequate technical preparation, few previous readings, unaccustomed to writing, etc.. (Ander-Egg and Valle, 1997, p.89)
They are some recommendations:
The normal order last-name only alters listed in alphabetical order, so if one person is mentioned, as is the case of a teacher or a student who takes the job alone, the order should not be altered.
The titles and subtitles do not carry points, two points or other signs at the end.
The text should be uniform, this means you have to check for careless-change-font, and paragraph spacing between lines, the size of the margins, for example.
Check spelling and accentuation carefully and not rely “blindly” in spell checker. Word processors are not prepared, for example, to distinguish between “serious” and “would” or between “practical” and “practice” in such cases have to be careful though do not check the error corrector. By contrast, when technical vocabulary or terms that are correct but are not included in dictionaries of the Spanish language, it is necessary to ignore the suggestions of the corrector, as in the case of “freshmen”, “operationalization” is used.
The use of bullets (lists and enumerations) should not be excessive and should always be preceded by some kind of introduction, at least a sentence indicating what is included below.
The paragraphs must be separated with a blank line or indentation (depending on the limit of pages you have to respect). It is not enough to simply “enter” to indicate that it has completed a paragraph.
Each time you start a paragraph you need to include a subject. It is convenient to begin by saying “They have …” what do you mean? “So …” Why? The titles and subtitles are not part of the first sentence of a paragraph means that after a title like “APA Standards” should not start by saying “They’re …” or after the “nouns” title should not start “is classified into … “but it is necessary to repeat or rephrase the sentence has a subject.
The bibliography and references are arranged alphabetically by author’s last name (there is an example at the end of this writing).